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14 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Biosphere 2: What happens when you lock 8 people in a mini-Earth made of glass and steel?
Biosphere 2 is a giant facility in the Arizona desert that housed an experiment designed to test whether humans, animals, and plants can survive for long periods of time while completely isolated from the outside world. The answer is a resounding 'maybe', but the reasons are surprising, especially when a very unexpected character turns up...
14 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: How a disastrous, racist, and pointless study invented the field of bioethics
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study was a study begun in 1932 by the US Public Health Service that aimed to investigate the effects of untreated syphilis. It targeted only poor, black men in Macon County, Alabama, and ran continuously for 40 years. After a whistleblower alerted the press to the existence of the study, the outcry led to the first bioethics policies in the United States, and led to a Presidential apology.
31 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
HeLa: The immortal woman who unwittingly became a scientific hero
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951. That would've been the end of the story had some researchers not got a hold of some of her cancer cells and used them to change the face of medicine. But she never consented to the use of her cells, and neither did her family. This case is as shocking as it is profound, as it raises many questions about individual autonomy and ethics in science.
25 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
CRISPR Babies: Should editing the genome of human embryos be allowed?
In 2018, a Chinese scientist attempted an experiment that attracted widespread and vitriolic criticism. That experiment resulted in his imprisonment, and brought the debate around whether or not that experiment should ever be attempted to a swift and bitter end. This episode features Dr. Owen Schaefer of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
34 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
The Global Energy Balance Network: Fighting obesity by selling sugar water
The 'not-for-profit' Global Energy Balance Network attempted to reframe the debate around obesity by focusing on lack of exercise, not poor diet, as the primary contributor to obesity. But a quick look at their balance sheet points to why they took that position. Duncan chews the fat with Dr. Alexandra Jones from The George Institute for Global Health.
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